Walters W.H.,Menlo College
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science | Year: 2014
This paper reviews the recent literature on e-book sharing and use in post-secondary libraries, exploring current restrictions on viewing, printing, downloading, circulation, and interlibrary loan. It also discusses the ways in which these restrictions influence the library lending of e-book readers and other mobile devices. The most fundamental problems include restrictive license provisions, proprietary software and file formats, digital rights management (DRM), and the single-user business model adopted by many e-book vendors. © The Author(s) 2013.
News Article | October 28, 2016
For the first time in program history, Menlo College Men’s Soccer has earned the distinction of being a top-25 team in the country, as announced by the NAIA National Office. In the October 18 NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the Oaks checked in at 20th overall, thanks to their remarkably successful 2016 campaign that sees them currently sitting atop the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) standings with an 11-2-1 overall record and 5-0-1 mark within the conference. Built around a solid mix of seniors and underclassmen, the 2016 Oaks have utilized both a prolific scoring attack and a suffocating defense to become the fastest team in program history to the 10-win mark. Menlo has outscored its opponents 43-10 on the season, and have recorded shutouts in an outstanding 10 of their 14 matches. In addition, Menlo has tallied shutouts in six of its last seven matches. The Oaks also have a pair of wins over more highly ranked opponents. As they look to secure the GSAC regular season title, Menlo travels to Santa Clarita for a Saturday, October 22 afternoon match against The Master’s University, which has been selected as the NAIA Network Men’s Soccer Game of the Week and will be featured on http://www.naianetwork.com. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Founded in 1927, Menlo College is a small private four-year college that focuses on the art of business for an entrepreneurial society. A residential college in the heart of Silicon Valley, just outside San Francisco, Menlo College offers degrees in business and psychology. Our students come from all over the world to learn leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication and the science of behavior. We take advantage of the strong innovative community around us and require an internship which may be taken at one of the many companies and incubators with which we have partnerships. We are proud of our intimate and engaged student community fueled by our spirited and competitive athletics program.
Davis P.M.,Cornell University |
Walters W.H.,Menlo College
Journal of the Medical Library Association | Year: 2011
Objectives: The paper reviews recent studies that evaluate the impact of free access (open access) on the behavior of scientists as authors, readers, and citers in developed and developing nations. It also examines the extent to which the biomedical literature is used by the general public. Method: The paper is a critical review of the literature, with systematic description of key studies. Results: Researchers report that their access to the scientific literature is generally good and improving. For authors, the access status of a journal is not an important consideration when deciding where to publish. There is clear evidence that free access increases the number of article downloads, although its impact on article citations is not clear. Recent studies indicate that large citation advantages are simply artifacts of the failure to adequately control for confounding variables. The effect of free access on the general public's use of the primary medical literature has not been thoroughly evaluated. Conclusions: Recent studies provide little evidence to support the idea that there is a crisis in access to the scholarly literature. Further research is needed to investigate whether free access is making a difference in non-research contexts and to better understand the dissemination of scientific literature through peer-topeer networks and other informal mechanisms.
Walters W.H.,Menlo College
Library Resources and Technical Services | Year: 2012
Patron-driven acquisition (PDA), also known as demand-driven acquisition, patron-initiated purchasing, or books on demand, allows patrons to select and purchase books for the library collection without staff mediation or oversight. This essay presents the argument that PDA programs are unlikely to improve the quality of academic library collections. In particular, they risk failing to distinguish between students' immediate desires and their long-term educational needs, making poor use of librarians' knowledge and expertise, failing to represent the full range of library stakeholders, and producing collections that are biased or poorly balanced. Although PDA can lead to efficiencies in information delivery, those efficiencies do not necessarily support the broader educational goals of the academic library.
Barkhi R.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University |
Kao Y.-C.,Menlo College
Information and Management | Year: 2011
We studied how psychological climate can influence performance of members in groups that interact using Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS). Drawing on theories in psychology, we conducted an experiment to examine the impact of psychological climate (the individual's perceptions of the environment) on decision-making performance. Controlling for settings of GDSS session, we found that individual performance depended on two dimensions of the psychological climate. First, GDSS users perceiving a higher level of psychological safety made more effective and efficient decisions. Second, GDSS users perceiving higher level of psychological meaningfulness made better decisions if they had a clear understanding of the decision goal. Our study therefore highlighted the importance of individual psychological perceptions in a GDSS context. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Walters W.H.,Menlo College
Journal of Informetrics | Year: 2014
Unlike Impact Factors (IF), Article Influence (AI) scores assign greater weight to citations that appear in highly cited journals. The natural sciences tend to have higher citation rates than the social sciences. We might therefore expect that relative to IF, AI overestimates the citation impact of social science journals in subfields that are related to (and presumably cited in) higher-impact natural science disciplines. This study evaluates that assertion through a set of simple and multiple regressions covering seven social science disciplines: anthropology, communication, economics, education, library and information science, psychology, and sociology. Contrary to expectations, AI underestimates 5IF (five-year Impact Factor) for journals in science-related subfields such as scientific communication, science education, scientometrics, biopsychology, and medical sociology. Journals in these subfields have low AI scores relative to their 5IF values. Moreover, the effect of science-related status is considerable-typically 0.60 5IF units or 0.50 SD. This effect is independent of the more general finding that AI scores underestimate 5IF for higher-impact journals. It is also independent of the very modest curvilinearity in the relationship between AI and 5IF. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Universities.com recently ranked Menlo College first in California, and fourth in the nation as the safest college campus in America. Established in 1996, Universities.com is an online search site that provides information and rankings about colleges and universities for the college selection process. In their 2017 rankings, Menlo College received national recognition with these top scores. The report praised Menlo College’s campus security for around-the-clock work to make Menlo College one of the safest colleges in America. The review stated that the small private college’s low crime rates and location in Atherton, CA offers a “plethora of good reasons to feel safe on campus.” Menlo College was commended for their own LiveSafe mobile safety app. Students and staff can download the app to their Android or Apple smartphones for a quick and easy way to communicate with campus security. An exceptional feature of the app is the ability to send reports to security with GPS location tags, photos, video, and audio. Security personnel can easily send mass emergency alerts and safety tips to everyone who has downloaded the app. Other safety measures at Menlo College include a Campus Watch Program, similar to neighborhood watch programs, aimed at encouraging the entire campus community to take part in keeping one another safe. The school also hosts annual prevention programs on various safety issues, such as sexual assault and alcohol awareness. Founded in 1927, Menlo College is a small private four-year college that focuses on the art of business for an entrepreneurial society. A residential college in the heart of Silicon Valley just outside San Francisco, Menlo College offers degrees in business and psychology. Our students come from all over the world to learn leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication, and the science of behavior. We take advantage of the strong innovative community around us and require an internship which may be taken at one of the many companies and incubators with which we have partnerships. We are proud of our intimate and engaged student community fueled by our spirited and competitive athletics program.
News Article | October 29, 2016
Working on his Ph.D. in mathematics and physics at City University of New York, Michael Laufer would not have known that one day he would shoot to fame for inventing a device to inexpensively self-inject epinephrine. Before joining Menlo College as a lecturer in mathematics, Laufer had spent time as part of a human rights envoy in El Salvador. He described how he was in a tiny medical clinic in a shanty town with other human rights volunteers. “This country has most of their water contaminated, huge gang problems and drug problems.” he explained. “When I asked the nurse what she needed, she said ‘We have run out of birth control.’ This is a country where there are methamphetamine and ecstasy labs; the active ingredients in birth control aren't much more complicated than those. Why weren't people making their own medicines?” “People without science backgrounds need a technological stepping stone to get them over their fear of science,” he continued. “Automated chemical reactors are out there, but they are very expensive, and full of proprietary technology. So we designed an open-source version, easily built from off-the-shelf parts.” To accomplish this, he formed a collective named after a recipe for avoiding bubonic plague infection from medieval times. The Four Thieves Vinegar Collective has a make-your-own-medicine website that shows people how to inexpensively make pharmaceuticals (fourthievesvinegar.org). In the midst of preparing to debut the device at a conference in New York, a job and a new request presented themselves. He accepted a position at Menlo College in Atherton, California where he teaches math. He loves working with the students. “Many students think they can’t learn math. The truth is, most of them have just never been shown the beauty of what math really is.” The pharmaceutical company Mylan recently made headlines for increasing the price of an EpiPen two-pack beyond $600. The EpiPen provides a sudden dose of epinephrine, injected either intramuscularly or subcutaneously. It can save the life of someone with food allergies who is going into anaphylactic shock. Epipen’s high cost didn’t add up for Laufer. He kept getting questions about alternatives to the EpiPen device, which inspired him to action. He decided to give people "the requisite information to empower themselves to manage their own health." In his spare time, he built a alternative, combining an off-the-shelf automatic injector designed for diabetics. The injector can include a syringe loaded with the correct dose of epinephrine, the life-saving hormone, in a product he named EpiPencil – at a cost of only $35. His invention requires the user to measure the correct dose before administering it. “DIY devices like the EpiPencil don’t fall under the purview of the FDA. As long as the user has a prescription for epinephrine, it’s legal to use the EpiPencil to administer it,” he said. Press about Laufer’s invention has been overwhelming. Between math classes he’s fielding calls from CNN, Technology Review, National Geographic, VICE and other major news outlets. He knows he and his idea are edgy, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “We need to talk about alternatives to expensive medication regimens. Building an inexpensive drug delivery device doesn’t have to be more complicated than assembling IKEA furniture.” About Menlo College: Menlo College was established in 1927 in Atherton, California as a small, private, non-profit school that focuses on business education with a strong liberal arts emphasis. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley thirty minutes south of San Francisco, Menlo has been named among the "Best Colleges in the West" by The Princeton Review eight years running and a U.S. News "Best Regional College" for five years.
News Article | October 28, 2016
On Election Night, Menlo College Professor of Political Science Melissa R. Michelson will provide live commentary on the results on Peninsula Television’s “The Game,” hosted by Mark Simon and Kevin Mullin. Michelson has been teaching students about elections for over 20 years. “It’s hard to keep in mind the historical lessons, but they’re out there,” says Michelson. “The lessons of 1860, of 1974, and of course there’s always the 2000 Bush-Gore contest.” Michelson noted that the last time the validity of the results in an election were seriously contested, in 1860, the nation quickly divided into Civil War. In 1974, as President Nixon was facing likely impeachment, members of the Republican Party had to carefully maneuver how to distance themselves from their president while not alienating Republican voters. And in 2000, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush, which precipitated a 36-day struggle for the presidency that was finally ended by the Supreme Court. For those seeking perspective on what the results on November 8 will mean, Michelson recommends that folks look back at those earlier contests, to use the past as a guide to the future. Michelson says, “At this point it is clear that Trump does not have a realistic path to the presidency.” Instead, she and her students have turned their attention to what will happen in contested Senate races, and whether the Democrats will win back control of the chamber. There are also House races to watch that may be affected by Clinton’s coattails (and Trump’s negative coattails). And, of course, in California there are 17 statewide ballot initiatives. “One drawback of the public’s fascination with Trump is that very little attention has been paid to the propositions,” Michelson said. “Now it’s time to vote, and everyone is frantically trying to figure out what they all mean.” This year’s official voter information guide from the California Secretary of State is 224 pages long, including descriptions and arguments for and against the 17 propositions, as well as information about top financial contributors and the U.S. Senate race between Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez. Across the country, students in political science classes are learning about the Electoral College, swing states, and the power of get-out-the-vote efforts. While interest in voting behavior spikes every four years to coincide with the presidential election, student (and public) interest this year is off the charts. What happens if the popular vote doesn’t pick the same winner? And (although fewer people are asking in these final days, as the result seems less uncertain) who will win? Founded in 1927, Menlo College is a small private four-year college that focuses on the art of business for an entrepreneurial society. A residential college in the heart of Silicon Valley, just outside San Francisco, Menlo College offers degrees in business and psychology. Our students come from all over the world to learn leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication and the science of behavior. We take advantage of the strong innovative community around us and require an internship which may be taken at one of the many companies and incubators with which we have partnerships. We are proud of our intimate and engaged student community fueled by our spirited and competitive athletics program.
News Article | February 28, 2017
MENLO PARK, CA, February 28, 2017-- Royal E. "Gene" Bales has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.At his retirement in 2000, Dr. Bales was named Emeritus Professor of Philosophy by Menlo College, Atherton, CA. He served the institution in a variety of roles beginning in 1962; he was an instructor in music and philosophy from 1962 to 1969, then a professor, and in the 1990s, a full professor. Dr. Bales also served as chairman of the social sciences and humanities department for three years, dean of liberal arts for five years, provost of the college for eight years, and continued to teach a couple of courses a year until 2008. From 1971 to 1987, he was a standing member of the school's president's advisory council.In 1956, Dr. Bales graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wichita. He began his career the same year as a music teacher for Kansas Public Schools. Dr. Bales also continued his education while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, receiving a Master of Arts from the University of Wichita in 1960. Dr. Bales, who spent a total of eight years with the U.S. Army Reserve, rounded out his education by obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1968.Along with his positions with Kansas Public Schools and Menlo College, Dr. Bales also held visiting fellow roles at Harris-Manchester College at Oxford University, and Wong Visiting Professor at Guangdong University of Law and Commerce. He served as president of the El Camino Youth Symphony Association from 1985 to 1987, and has been an honorary governor of Harris-Manchester College since 1994. His professional affiliations include the American Philosophical Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.Dr. Bales, who has contributed a number of articles to professional journals over the years, has focused on his writing talents since his retirement. He is the author of the crime mystery novel, "Grit Beneath My Nails," published in 2014, and the spiritual memoir, "But Then My Voice Changed," published in 2012. Dr. Bales was also a contributing author to the 9th edition of the textbook "About Philosophy," published in 2006. Furthermore, retirement allows him to spend more time on his passion for music. Dr. Bales has been married to his wife, Kathleen, since 1960; the couple has two grown children.In addition to receiving a research grant from the Stanford-Warsaw Exchange and other academic honors over the years, Dr. Bales was proud to be named principal investigator for Menlo College in the National Science Foundation- funded Stanford University Consortium for Computers in Education in 1971-1972. His various accomplishments have been featured in the 44th through 70th editions of Who's Who in America, the 7th and 8th editions of Who's Who in American Education, the 28th through 43rd editions of Who's Who in the West, and multiple editions of Who's Who in the WorlAbout Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com